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UW-Madison: Students who travel during Thanksgiving should not return until spring semester

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 17:41:27-05

MADISON — Even with infection rates remaining lower than many areas in the state, UW-Madison is urging students who do decide to travel during Thanksgiving break to not return to campus until the spring semester.

According to the university's COVID-19 dashboard, the rate of infection is significantly lower compared to the outbreak at the beginning of the school year. The university has tallied on average roughly 50 positive cases daily since late October, and counted 84 positive tests Thursday, after processing 2,142 tests that day.

Still, the CDC has found that gatherings that include members from different households, as well as traveling, can speed the spread of the virus.

UW-Madison asks that for those who need to stay in Madison until the end of the fall term, that they do not travel during Thanksgiving break.

"If you decide to travel to be with loved ones during the holidays, make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep yourself and them safe," according to a statement Thursday. "There are steps you can take right now and while traveling that can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

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